Impressions Alliance 9000, based in Amqui, Quebec, announced the installation of a Presstek 52DI-AC press, which the company actually placed onto its production floor back in March 2010.  

Impressions Alliance 9000 is self-described as a non-profit company with a mission to provide jobs for people living with a disability. The company was originally founded back in the early-1980s to refurbish auto parts. A decade later, the company moved into the printing industry, which included purchasing two shops in 1997.

“A major consideration in our selection of the Presstek 52DI-AC was its chemistry-free on-press platemaking,” said Stéphane Jean, General Manager. “This was a major advantage for Presstek, since our prepress department was not equipped to produce waterless offset plates and we did not want to invest in an additional platemaker.”

Alliance 9000 generated revenues of $4.5 million last year, producing calendars, diaries and marketing collateral for a range of customers, including large financial institutions. Today, around 70 percent of the company’s 203 employees are living with a disability.

Ottawa-based Kelly Signs, one of the biggest sign shops in Eastern Ontario, has added an Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 inkjet engine to its production floor. The 30,000-square-foot facility also holds three semi-automatic silk-screen presses and two new flatbed printers.

"The [Epson GS6000] printer has opened our doors to markets beyond the large-format display business, such as photographic and fine-art reproduction,” said Mark Steinberg, General Manager, Kelly Signs. “We're known for being able to get an image on just about any kind of surface with our two flatbed printers. So when we were shown the GS6000 with its solvent based inks, we found we were looking at a wider range of products we could sell.”

With its roll-to-roll feeding system, the 64-inch-wide GS6000 reaches a maximum resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 dpi, employing solvent inks and variable-sized droplet technology as small as 3.7 picoliters.

Kelly Signs was established in 1947 and today produces a range of large-format products, from posters and banners to trade show displays, canvas murals, backlit displays and illuminated signs.

RockTenn’s Warwick, Quebec, plant becomes the first Canadian operation to install a Heidelberg Very Large Format press, opting for the larger 47.24 x 63.78 inch-format machine, Speedmaster XL 162.

Based in the state of Georgia, RockTenn is focused on paperboard, containerboard, consumer and corrugated packaging. Last year, the company generated sales of approximately $3 billion across 90-plus facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.

RockTenn Warwick, which was renamed after Industrie Ling joined the RockTenn group in 1993, remains as one of the company’s most-significant operations. The 450-employee facility will produce approximately 1.4-billion boxes this year, which equates to about 30-million every week.

Warwick’s new XL 162-8+L(X3) press measures 134 feet in length.

Since the May 2008 launch of its VLF platform, which also includes the XL 145, Heidelberg has now installed four such presses in North America, with more than 20 installations worldwide.

Colourchrome Laboratories Ltd., based in Oakville, Ontario, has installed a new 60-inch HP L25500, purchased through Ernest Green & Son.

HP L25500 has the ability to run HP’s environmentally progressive Latex Ink Technology, while reaching a maximum printing speed of 246 square feet per hour.

Colourchrome has specialized in the reproduction of photography since 1990.

Woodbridge, Ontario-based Signet Graphics has purchased a new 36-inch Kuda K92CE paper cutter, purchased through K-North Inc.

Signet, owned by Jez Metcalfe, was established in 1980 as a commercial printing company, which today focuses on applications like legal and financial printing, advertising/promotion, stationery, and printing on plastic and foils, as well as packaging and POP displays.  

Pictured: Jez Metcalfe, owner of Signet Graphics, with the new Kuda K92CE.

Anjou, Quebec-based Groupe BO Concept announced its installation of an HP Scitex FB6700 inkjet machine, which was actually placed on the production floor back in July 2010.

Founded in 1960, BO Concept today focuses on the retail display and signage market.

“In addition to increasing business in areas such as the grocery sector, the press is helping us create a cost-efficient way to introduce a new concept for customizable retail display cases that we own the rights to," said Pierre Lachapelle, Sales and Marketing Director at Groupe BO Concept.

Pictured (left to right): Roger Perron, Co-president, Pierre Lachapelle, Sales and Marketing Director, and Denis Gagné, Technician.

Ad-Vantage Signs, a large-format-printing specialist based in Burlington, Ontario, installed a new HP LX600 inkjet device, purchased through Ernest Green & Son.

The 104-inch LX600 is designed to run HP Latex Ink at a top speed of up to 1,691 square feet per hour.

Ad-Vantage Signs is a third-generation business that has been servicing Burlington and the Niagara Peninsula since 1986. The company also holds a 54-inch printer, producing various wide-format jobs from vehicle graphics to POP signage.


PrintFusion of Kingston, Ontario, has brought in a new 36-inch Kuda 92 paper cutter for its pressroom.

Sold through K-North, the Kuda 92 is rated for a maximum speed of 45 cycles per minute, with cutting accuracy of 1/100 mm. The paper cutter also features programmable clamp pressure and a 15-inch touch screen. PrintFusion is a commercial printing operation that was formed in 1973.

Photo: Jeff Thurlby owner of PrintFusion with his new Kuda 92.





Vancouver-based Best Color Press Ltd. has installed a 41-inch KBA Rapida 105 press with coater, as well as the ability to print UV and heavy board.

Best Color was founded in 1989 and today defines itself as a trade printer. The new 6-colour KBA press, which includes Logotronic and Densitronic Professional colour control, was installed in August 2010 and began full production by mid-September. The press can print on substrates of up to 48-point weight.

"The KBA Rapida 105 provides us with the ability to print on the thickest board in the industry, which no other press manufacturer could offer. Now we are the only printer in western Canada with the ability to print the thickest board jobs," stated Sunny Chan, CEO of Best Color. "Having an inline UV capability gives us the ability to produce dazzling high-gloss UV applications as well as quickly coating and sealing the job."

Best Color, which moved into an expanded facility back in 2007, holds several important environmental designations, including: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), and a CleanPrint BC Environmental Policy Certificate.

Ingrid Hope, co-owner of Hall Printing, adds a Ryobi 3404DI press to her company's production floor in Trail, British Columbia.

In business since 1920, Hall Printing was bought by Ingrid and Ron Hope in 2005, as they took over for the retiring David and Gail Chartres. At the time, Ingrid Hope had spent the past 15 years with the company's accounting department.

Today, in addition to financial and sales roles, she serves as General Manager of the company, which employs a dozen people. Hall Printing also has a sales office in Nelson, BC.

The A3-size, 4-colour Ryobi press, purchased through Canadian Printing Equipment Ltd., joins a shop floor with a Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 press. Hall Printing also runs a 60-inch Kodak 1200i for large-format printing.

Markham-based The Middleton Group will soon install Agfa's :M-Press TIGER press after announcing the purchase of the machine today at the SGIA trade show in Las Vegas. 

Middleton specializes in large-format printing and has been in business for more than 55 years. According to its Website, the company claims to have been the first printer in Canada to offer UV inline printing and inkjet-based flatbed printing. 

The massive :M-Press TIGER is a UV flatbed inkjet press primarily designed to disrupt traditional offset production methods used in the screen-printing sector. Developed jointly with Thieme, the press can print up to 185 sheets per hour (8281 ft²/hr) on substrates of up to 65 x 104 inches in size. 

"We are confident that the strength and power of the TIGER will keep us on top," stated Rob Stratton, President of The Middleton Group. In addition to its printing and warehousing facilities on Denison Street, Middleton also operates a separate merchandising and design facility in Markham. 

Today, the company encompasses more than 100,000 square feet of space, while employing over 100 people. Middleton was founded in 1952 by brothers Bob and Jim Middleton, with a focus on the advertising sector.

Based in Richmond, BC, Teldon Print Media recently added a Polar 137 XT cutting system to its in-house bindery department, which handles toner, sheetfed offset and web offset press work.

Teldon's Polar 137 XT cutter, sold through Heidelberg Canada, includes an automatic jogger with weigh-scale, stack lift, and Transomat Unloader. In additional to traditional commercial printing substrates, the machine has the ability to work with materials like cardboard, chipboard and plastic foils.

Teldon Print Media is self-described as Western Canada’s largest independently owned printer, which, in addition to its printing and finishing capabilities, also offers mail, distribution and fulfillment services. The company, with additional sales offices in Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton, runs two sister companies in Teldon Marketing and Teldon Publishing.

Mississauga-based Muiz Graphics has installed a new 60-inch HP L25500 printer for wide-format inkjet production.

Purchased through Ernest Green & Son, the HP L25500 has a top-rated speed of up to 246 f2/hr (4-pass bi-directional printing) and a top-quality speed of 32 f2/hr. The 6-colour machine is based on thermal inkjet technology, with 2112 total print heads.

Muiz Graphics has operated in the Greater Toronto Area for the past 30 years.


Webcom has announced details of a $12-million investment in production technology for a program it calls BookFWD. Core to this new investment is HP's new HP T300 Inkjet Web press, to be installed this month.

The T300 will be used to produce book interiors in full colour while a new HP Indigo 7000 will be used to produce covers. These two pieces of equipment will be complemented with others, including finishing equipment.

"Book publishers are challenged in many ways - from demanding time constraints, to evolving environmental considerations, to new e-product investments. The most critical determinant of a publisher's ability to successfully navigate these challenges is improving the financial returns of their printed product," said Webcom President, Mike Collinge. "Webcom's BookFWD investments leverage breakthrough inkjet technologies, streamlined workflow and unique bookbinding systems to significantly reduce the costs associated with printed books. Inventory, distribution and production costs can all be reduced."

Magnum Manufacturing will also supply Webcom with the Flexbook system, which connects to the T300. It will be second installation of the book block system in the world and would reduce makeready time and spoilage upwards of 90 percent.

HP T300"The common theme across each piece of equipment is revolutionary technology that integrates the workflow for a highly streamlined and automated process," said Collinge. "This powerful combination will be remarkable for its efficiency and its overall technological advancement of the printing industry. Savings to the environment run deep with reduced waste, VOC emissions and energy consumption of the HP presses, bindery systems and workflow technology."

Located on Enterprise Road in Toronto, Swiss Print International recently installed a new Kuda machine. The paper cutter, purchased through K-North, features full programming, display monitor, air on main table, as well as the side

Swiss Print International produces a range of commercial printing materials, from business cards and brochures to posters and signage, as well as projects like newsletters and calendars to catalogues and coupons.

In addition to the Kuda cutter, Swiss Print runs a full finishing department, while providing 6-colour offset printing, 4-colour toner-based printing, graphic design, photography, copywriting, Website design and hosting, and warehousing and fulfillment.
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